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Zimbabwe re-names Harare Airport after Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a ceremony re-naming Harare Airport in his honour on Thursday, as his sacking of the vice president fuelled speculation over his succession plans.

Poland eyes cybersecurity in skies

Warsaw - Poland on Wednesday agreed to test a cybersecurity pilot programme for the aviation sector as Europe's EASA civil aviation authority tackles the potential threats posed by hackers to air traffic.

Singapore opens new, high-tech airport terminal

Singapore - Singapore's Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal Tuesday with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.

Dominican court jails 'Air Cocaine' suspect Naudin

Santo Domingo - Frenchman Christophe Naudin was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for helping two French pilots involved in the "Air Cocaine" drug-smuggling case to escape justice in the Dominican Republic.

US-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

Washington - US-bound travelers will face security interviews before checking in for flights at a number of global airlines beginning Thursday as anti-terror measures are stepped up around the world.

US-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

Washington - US-bound travelers will face security interviews before checking in to flights at a number of global airlines beginning Thursday as anti-terror measures are stepped up around the world.

Coin-tossing elderly Chinese woman causes flight chaos

Shanghai - She was flying Lucky Air, but that wasn't enough for an elderly Chinese woman who tossed coins at the jet's engine to wish for a safe flight, prompting authorities to detain her and ground the flight.

Malaysia negotiating with US firm to resume MH370 hunt

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia is negotiating with a US firm to resume the hunt for missing flight MH370, a minister said Thursday, in news welcomed by the widow of one of those who had been on board.

Officers fired following probe of United passenger removal

Chicago - The city of Chicago revealed Tuesday that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year.

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

Kandahar - Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush.

4 die as French army-chartered plane crashes off I.Coast

Abidjan - Four Moldovan nationals were killed and three French soldiers hurt on Saturday when a transport plane chartered by France's army crashed off Ivory Coast, authorities said.

Crashed Ivory Coast plane chartered by French army: military

Abidjan - An Antonov cargo plane that crashed off Ivory Coast Saturday, killing four, was chartered by the French army as part of the anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane, military sources said.

St. Helena's isolation ends as air link opens

Jamestown - The first regular commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Spanish Eurofighter crashes after national day parade, pilot dead

Madrid - A Spanish Eurofighter jet crashed on Thursday after taking part in a military display in Madrid for Spain's national day, killing its pilot, the defence ministry said.

Delta says it won't pay for US tariffs on Bombardier

New York - Delta Air Lines won't pay more for Bombardier planes mired in a US-Canada trade dispute, but the controversy could delay delivery of the jets, the airliner's chief said Wednesday.

Airbus chief warns of 'significant penalties' from bribery probes

Toulouse - Airbus CEO Tom Enders warned Friday that the aircraft manufacturer could face "significant penalties" relating to ongoing corruption probes including one into the sale of fighter jets to Austria.

Boeing boosts tech investment in hybrid, autonomous planes

New York - Boeing is beefing up its investments in autonomous and electric hybrid planes in anticipation that aviation could be primed for as much disruption as virtually every other sector.

Belgium takes Ryanair to court over cancelled flights

Brussels - Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.

Australia has 'better understanding' of where MH370 might be

Sydney - Australian search chiefs said Tuesday they now have a better understanding of where flight MH370 might be, admitting it was inconceivable that a commercial plane could vanish in the modern era.

Monarch collapse leaves 110,000 holidaymakers stranded

London - British short-haul carrier Monarch Airlines went bust Monday in the biggest airline failure in Britain, prompting the government to take emergency action to return home 110,000 stranded passengers.

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

Baghdad - Iraq on Monday authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa.

Cash crunch risks grounding UN air ops in Sudan

Khartoum - UN humanitarian air operations in Sudan face being grounded because of an acute cash crunch, aid officials say, affecting the delivery of relief to thousands of people in conflict areas.

Investigators probe Air France A380 after engine blow-out

Paris - A team of investigators and engineers headed to Canada Sunday to inspect an Airbus A380 superjumbo operated by Air France which was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine explosion.

A380 superjumbo makes emergency landing in Canada: Air France

Paris - An Air France A380 superjumbo jetliner taking more than 500 people from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday following "serious damage" to one of its four engines, the airline said.

Trump's scandal-hit health secretary resigns

Washington - President Donald Trump's embattled health secretary was forced out of the US administration Friday amid a scandal over his use of costly private jets for government travel.

Trump's scandal-hit health secretary resigns

Washington - President Donald Trump's embattled health secretary was forced out of the US administration Friday, amid a scandal over his use of costly private jets for government travel.

All foreign flights to Iraq Kurd capital to stop Friday

Arbil - All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil will be suspended from Friday evening on Baghdad's orders, its airport director said, following a controversial independence referendum.

Iran blocks all Iraqi Kurdistan flights ahead of referendum

Tehran - Iran said Sunday it had blocked all flights to and from Iraq's Kurdistan at the request of Baghdad, a day before the autonomous region holds an independence referendum opposed by Tehran.

Panel falls from aircraft, smashes into car in Japan

Toukyo - A panel weighing 4.3 kilograms fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a car being driven below, news reports and the airline said Sunday.

Air France unveils Joon — the 'millenials' airline

Paris - Air France on Thursday unveiled a new lower-cost subsidiary called Joon that will specifically target well-travelled millenials.
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